Student life

Living in Groningen

The International Study Centre is located in Holland’s economic and cultural capital of the north — Groningen. It’s a thriving student city with plenty of things to see and do, and you’ll be part of university life on-campus from day one. 

Convenient campus life

As a student at the International Study Centre you will be sharing a campus with the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences. You will feel like a student from day one and have access to all the excellent facilities, including libraries, computer rooms and cafés. Plus for a small fee you can make unlimited use of the on-campus sports facilities, which offers access to more than 85 sports and 50 different student sports clubs.

Exciting student city

A young and thriving city, Groningen’s population is 25% students. It’s a safe and friendly place to live and offers a mix of great shops, music and culture. Each January the city celebrates new music across Europe with the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival and in summer time Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen attracts 135,000 visitors. If you like films, the Flicks International Student Short Film Festival is an annual event organised by and for international students at the University of Groningen. 

Culture and cuisine

You’ll find many restaurants in the city serving great meals for affordable student prices. Whether you’re looking for local Dutch cuisine, European menus, a cosy café or food from around the world, there will be something to suit your tastes. There is also a wide range of restaurants, cafés and takeaways on the Zernike campus where you will be studying every day.

Easy to explore

Groningen is a compact city and easy to travel around by foot, bicycle or public transport. In Groningen, 57% of all journeys are made by bicycle and it’s safe and easy as the centre is completely car-free. For travel beyond Groningen, the city is well-served by trains and it even has a small airport flying to European destinations including Poland, Denmark, Portugal and Greece. Travel is easy with the Schengen visa. If you want to explore further afield, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is just two hours away by train and offers a large number of direct flights worldwide. 

Beautiful countryside

Escape the city for a day trip and you’ll find Lauwersmeer National Park. It’s great for walking and cycling, as well as canoeing, boating and water sports. Or for a shorter trip you can bike out to nearby windmills and green countryside with your friends. 

International Study Centre

The International Study Centre is a friendly and welcoming place to study, with shared common areas, modern classrooms and experienced teachers. Throughout your time here, the Student Committee will organise social events like visiting attractions in the city, movie nights and day trips to other Dutch cities. And if you live in The Student Hotel, as many of our students do, you will join a friendly community of like-minded young people. 


The Student Hotel - AM City

Most of our students choose to live in The Student Hotel which offers a welcoming home, social events and free use of a bicycle.

Echo from China

Progressed Holland International Study Centre student Heran (Echo) FAN

Groningen is a small city, but you can travel everywhere by bicycle. There are a lot of international students so you can try to learn their cultures.

Echo from China studied International Foundation Year - Business and Management